Life Group Questions – 8/20
For the Kingdom
Read: Matthew 9:35-38
35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”
- Pastor Zach used the illustration of a zoomed-in, incredibly close-up picture contrasted with one zoomed out. We can lose perspective when we get too focused on our own lives and miss out on God’s bigger picture. What things in your own life do you have the tendency to focus too much on that could make you neglect opportunities to be on mission for God?
- In Matthew 8-9, we see that Jesus teach in the synagogue, meet physical needs and proclaim the gospel. What are some good ways to do each of those three aspects of Christ’s ministry here in Ellis County?
- Matthew says the crowds Jesus encountered were distressed and dejected. Why does he say that they are like that?
- If they are truly sheep without shepherd, what should be our first priority when we see people in need?
- In your opinion, what does it take to shift from seeing problems to seeing opportunities? What helps us maintain that perspective?
- What are some key things we can do to avoid having a calloused heart towards needs around us?
- Jesus shares the biggest problem in verse 37. What is that problem?
- How does the gospel help us solve the issue of the harvest being plentiful but the workers being few?